Effective partnerships for the benefit of the most vulnerable

On June 8, 2020, the director general of the Régie de police Thérèse-De Blainville, Mr. Francis Lanouette, proudly presented the RIPTB’s strategic plan for the years 2020-2024. This plan is geared towards the themes of modernisation, trust, and efficiency.

“Sir Robert Peel, considered the father of modern democratic policing, said that the police can perform their duties only to the extent that their actions are approved by the public. This assertion is still as relevant today and remains for the RIPTB the spearhead of its actions. It is in a spirit of partnership with the community and by improving its policing model based on proximity that the Régie intends to maintain this bond of trust” said Francis Lanouette in the spring of 2020.

“It is now accepted that the Régie is a police organization focused on the needs of its community. The various services offered, particularly to vulnerable clienteles, are often cited by our partners,” he explained.

It is with great pride that we are able to inform citizens of the renewal of two important projects with partners. The first is the renewal of the agreement with the CISSS des Laurentides concerning the presence of a social worker inside the police station itself. The psychosocial workers of the CISSS des Laurentides, working closely and on site with the police officers of the RIPTB, intervene on the front line with people in crisis or whose mental state is disturbed as well as with patients requiring immediate psychosocial assistance. They only respond to police calls once the premises have been secured by the patrollers. The following objectives were achieved and will continue again this year:

Reach an adult clientele with multiple needs who are struggling with mental health problems and who are difficult to reach;

Provide support and an advisory role to patrollers in connection with the clinical component;

Intervene in a concerted manner with the health and community network and the RIPTB for repeated interventions with the same individuals and liaise between the various people who can support the needs of those individuals;

The second is the renewal of the Department of Public Security’s crime prevention support program for municipalities. This program allows the hiring of Catherine Murray Truchon within the RIPTB and offers second-line psychosocial intervention to vulnerable citizens and their loved ones as well as to victims of family violence.

“Her presence within the Operations Support division makes it possible to work in partnership with prevention officers, neighborhood officers and PIVOT officers on a daily basis.” Concluded Francis Lanouette.